Cruising Tour

Arctic Explorer Cruise from Resolute, Canada to Greenland | CA-AC1201

Discover polar waters around the Atlantic Ocean on this 12-Day arctic expedition

Overview

Come away with us on this unforgettable cruise adventure across the Arctic, aboard the Ocean Endeavour!

Tour Highlights

  • Cruising on the Arctic Seas
  • Beechey Island
  • Devon Island
  • The Arctic Bay
  • North Baffin Bay
  • Pond Inlet
  • Davis Strait
  • Uummannaq Fjord
  • Ilulissat & Sisimiut Coast
  • Kangerlussuaq

A true arctic explorer’s journey from Resolute Bay to the western coast of Greenland invites you to visit the Franklin graves on Beechey Island, explore the largest uninhabited island in the world - Devon, and say hello in Inuit sign language in Pond Inlet. You'll continue across Baffin Bay towards the western part of Greenland and as the majestic fjords unfold, discover extraordinary landscapes and get acquainted with the remarkable culture of the tiny hamlets in this land of ice!

  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
  • No single supplement in select cabin categories
  • Zodiac boat
Available August
Duration 12 days
Departs From Resolute, NU
Minimum age No limit
Difficulty Level Easy / Moderate
Group maximum 198
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

From

6 995 USD

Per Adult

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Availability (2019): Aug 06, 2019 - Aug 17.
$6995.00 per person / USD. Category 1. Quad cabin. Quad occupancy. Deck four. Interior Cabin, four lower berths, private bath.
$8195.00 per person / USD.Category 2. Triple cabin. Triple occupancy. Deck four. Interior Cabin, three lower berths, private bath.
$9595.00 per person / USD.Category 3. Interior twin. Double occupancy. Deck five. Interior Cabin, two lower berths, private bath.
$10895.00 per person / USD.Category 4. Exterior twin cabin. Double occupancy. Deck four. Porthole window, two lower berths, private bath.
$12195.00 per person / USD.Category 5. Main twin cabin. Double occupancy. Deck five. Picture window, two lower berths, private bath.
$13495.00 per person / USD.Category 6. Comfort twin cabin. Double occupancy. Deck seven. Picture windows (partial obstruction), two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator.
$14795.00 per person / USD.Category 7. Top deck twin cabin. Double occupancy. Deck eight. Large picture windows (partial obstruction), matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.
$16095.00 per person / USD.Category 8. Superior twin cabin. Double occupancy. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, twin or matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.
$17395.00 per person / USD.Category 9. Junior suite. Double occupancy. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, separate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed, private bath.
$18695.00 per person / USD.Category 10. Suite. Double occupancy. Deck seven. Picture windows overlooking the bow, separate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed, private bath with full tub.

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What's Included

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Included

  • Educational program and pre-departure materials
  • All shore and zodiac excursions
  • Transfers between piers and applicable airports
  • Service charges
  • Embarkation taxes
  • Port fees

What to bring

  • Warm coat
  • Rain gear, rubber boots
  • Wind jacket, wind pants
  • Hiking boots
  • Hat, gloves
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Daypack

Not Included

  • Arrival flights to the starting point and departure flights from last stop
  • Personal expenses (laundry, alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, etc.)
  • Additional expenses in the event of weather delays or itinerary changes
  • Staff gratuities
  • Mandatory medical evacuation coverage/optional travel insurance
  • Possible fuel surcharges

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Itinerary

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Summer in the Arctic is unlike anywhere else. It's a land of contrasts -  wildlife, vegetation, cool temperatures, and haunting landscapes go against what we traditionally associate with the summer months. During this 12-day expedition, you will have a chance to experience the true Arctic summer, discover exceptional wildlife and the diverse culture of the Inuit people - all aboard the grand Ocean Endeavour cruise ship.

Our journey begins in remote Resolute, a small Inuit hamlet in the north of Nunavut. It’s one of the two northernmost communities in Canada and certainly one of the coldest inhabited places on Earth. The Inuktitut name for Resolute translates to the “place with no dawn”, but, luckily for us, our early August departure will allow us to witness the Midnight Sun, as it doesn’t set there until approximately August 13th.

Resolute is a paradise for birdwatchers and wildlife lovers. The town’s surrounding islands are home to many species of birds during the nesting period and the surrounding waters of the Atlantic Ocean play host to magnificent Beluga Whales. You’re welcome to spend more time in town prior to our departure if you wish to explore this hidden gem at the edge of the known world in more depth.

For the next 12 days, our home will be the grand Ocean Endeavour cruise ship, equipped with 20 Zodiacs and able to accommodate up to 198 explorers. Aboard the ship, you’ll find all that you might need when travelling in the arctic summer: advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and restaurants, a top-deck observation room and all the amenities you could possibly need.

Completely still, barren, and renowned for its apocalyptic landscape, Beechey Island is famous as the last spot that John Franklin visited during his ill-fated expedition in search of the Northwest Passage in 1846. This windswept island is the perfect starting point for most expeditions to the Arctic, as its flat beach is ideal for landing an aircraft and its tabletop hill provides shelter from the harsh polar weather.

Beechey Island will be our first stop and highlight of the second day. Here, three of Franklin’s men, froze to their deaths and their crew built three graves to commemorate their memory. None of the crew did return from this terrible voyage and their final resting places were never found. The fourth grave visible on the beach was built in memory of Thomas Morgan, an unlucky sailor on the rescue mission that set out a few years later to discover what happened to the expedition.

Recently, marine archaeologists discovered that the crew abandoned their ship after it became icebound not far from the shores of Beechey Island. It’s estimated that around 40 men managed to survive the shipwreck--but not for long. Traces of starvation and cannibalism were also found around the island.

The island is very popular amongst scientists and researchers to this day, and even you will have a chance to follow in the footsteps of an almost 200-year-old expedition.

Located in the Baffin Bay area, Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island in the world. Its slight elevation, extreme weathers, and scarcity of simply everything you’d expect to find on a habitable island have made this plot of land impossible to live in. Although some Inuit families migrated there and attempted to make it in 1934, they were unsuccessful and had left by 1936.

The island is a playground for a number of scientific research projects because of its Martian-like terrain. Scientists and journalists conduct research there to simulate what life would be like on Mars, as it’s believed to provide the closest possible conditions to the Red Planet.

Around 39 million years ago, a 1.2-mi (2-km) wide meteorite hit Devon Island, creating a 14-mi (23-km) wide pit. The island, once teeming with life, trees, and a large lake, was reduced to rubble and now is covered in nothing but Precambrian gneiss and Paleozoic siltstones and shales.

On our 4th day of the tour, we’ll have a chance to see what it would be like to live on Mars ourselves.

Located in the northern part of the Borden Peninsula on Baffin Island, the Arctic Bay will be our first community visit. Continually inhabited by Arctic peoples for 5,000 years, named Ikpiarjuk in Inuktitut, the bay now has a population of 750 people. The geographical location of the peninsula is the main reason why it has been inhabited for so long. Terrain covered with hoodoos, sheer red rock cliffs, deep rugged valleys, and towering fjords protected the people from the harsh weather of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Arctic Bay is a popular tourist attraction in Nunavut. The town hosts many events throughout the year, such as the Midnight Sun Marathon, dog sledding races, games, competitions, and community dances to name a few. The bay is also a paradise for birdwatchers as it’s a popular breeding ground for thick-billed murres, snow geese, kittiwakes, ivory gulls, and many more.

The Arctic Bay is a perfect place to experience true Canadian Inuit culture, learn about their history, and learn about the lifestyle in the far North.

Our next sight is Baffin Bay. The bay is impossible to navigate for most of the year as Jakobshavn Glacier spouts out majestic icebergs that cover it in floes. Luckily for us, during the summer, icebergs move and melt away, making it possible to cross the bay. Our cruise ship, the Ocean Endeavour, is outfitted with 1B ice class equipment, allowing us to travel across the icefields without trouble.

When cruising along the coast from Pond Inlet towards Nigingnaniq, we’ll see an abundance of birds and wildlife. Make sure you look out for marine mammals, muskoxen, and even polar bears basking on the shore. Birdwatchers will be surprised by the various species of sea birds nesting in the surrounding fjords. It’s worth having a pair of binoculars at hand!

Pond Inlet, also known as Mittimatalik, is a traditional Inuit hamlet with a little over 1,600 settled residents. It’s located at the northern tip of Baffin Island and is a great observation spot for those who love fjords, glaciers, and icebergs. It’s also home to the unicorns of the sea - narwhals!

Pond Inlet has been nicknamed the jewel of the North for a reason. The town is a popular polar tourist destination, offering a wide variety of attractions and activities, such as  whale watching, and exploring ice caves and hoodoos.

During our short break there, we’ll have a chance to explore the town, learn about its culture and history, and meet the locals.

Niginganiq is a National Wildlife Area, covering 336,000 ha, located 74 mi (120 km) to the south of Clyde River. Designated at a protected site in 2010, the region’s name translates roughly to “The place where fog sits.”

Niginganiq is the world's first Inuit-initiated marine mammal sanctuary and a crucial feeding area for endangered bowhead whales. The area includes two deep offshore troughs rich in copepods which are the main food source of the bowhead whales.

Up to 100 bowhead whales inhabit the waters here, making it the largest concentration of this particular species in Canada, so the chances of seeing a few are high. The National Wildlife Area is also known to host vast populations of polar bears, king eiders, dovekies, ringed seals, and many other species.

Once we cross the Baffin Bay, we’ll be greeted by the magnificent Karrat Fjord, one of Greenland's most spectacular fjords. During ice breakup in summer, narwhals and seals use the long leads created by high winds in this region to hunt in the rich waters surrounding the fjord. Also, as we cruise deep into the fjords, vast colonies of dovekies are likely to appear, giving great opportunities for extraordinary pictures.

Day 8 of our tour will be packed with marvelous panoramas and wildlife sightings, visible from the observation deck. Next, we’ll head towards sunny Uummannaq.

A local proverb says that when you visit the island, a piece of your heart stays there forever, summoning you back for the rest of your life. While it’s only a saying, we believe it to be true due to the breathtaking beauty of this remote island. Uummannaq reflects true Greenlandic culture, wrapped up in a harsh yet welcoming nature.

At the head of the island, Mount Uummannaq serves as the town's backdrop on which colorful, single-family homes cling. The mountain is an impressive and imposing 3,854-foot (1,175-meter) hunk of red gneiss.

During our time there, we’ll experience the traditions and customs of Greenland’s Inuits, explore the city and its depths that lie in the surrounding fjords, visit Santa’s summer residence, and feast on delicious local cuisine.

Ilulissat is the third largest city in Greenland, located 217 mi (350 km) north of the Arctic Circle. The city is famous for having almost as many sled dogs as people - dog sleds are one of the main means of transportation in the area. Ilulissat’s Icefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has turned the city into the most popular tourist destination in Greenland.

Our visit will include time in the colorful town and a chance to hike to an elevated viewpoint where we’ll be able to observe the mighty mountains of ice.

We’ll also cruise in our fleet of zodiacs around the Ilulissat Icefjord. All the icebergs in the water calve off from nearby Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving glaciers in the world. The glacier moves about 63 feet (19 meters) per day and carves more than 21 sq mi (35 sq km) of ice annually.

The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, a myriad of islands, and complex coastal waterways. We’ll stop along it to explore the rural Greenlandic landscape.

Itilleq Fjord plays host to a beautiful tiny settlement in its midst founded in 1847. Located approximately 0.62 mi (1km) from the mainland, it’s inaccessible except by boat or a weekly ferry. Itilleq hamlet is considered to be the most beautiful in Greenland regardless of its size. The island’s 112 inhabitants support themselves by hunting and fishing.  

Kangerlussuaq was founded in 1941 by the U.S. Military. Even though the settlement is quite young, the fjords and ice caps surrounding it have been there long before a human foot ever stepped on the ground. Its geographical location, fairly stable weather, and easy air travel has made it very popular with tourists and locals alike. Kangerlussuaq is also home to some of the most diverse flora and fauna in Greenland, including muskoxen, caribou, and gyrfalcons.

Greenland’s Glacier is easily accessible from Kangerlussuaq, it’s only 12-mi (25-km) drive on a dirt road. Lying at the head of the longest fjord in Greenland, approximately 104 mi (168 km) long, Kangerlussuaq is where our voyage across the Arctic will finish.

After we disembark, you can explore the city a bit more or board your flight home.

Our vessel for this voyage is the Ocean Endeavour. A 1B ice-class sailing boat that holds a maximum of 198-passengers and is outfitted with 20 Zodiac boats, making it perfect for expedition cruises. Facilities include a top deck observation room, swimming pool, outdoor dining area, sauna/spa, library, and top-class navigation equipment.

Our three onboard lounges are excellent public spaces for our educational seminars, workshops, and entertainment. Launched in 1982, she’s been upgraded many times, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137-m (450-ft) length and 21-m (69-ft) breadth, the Ocean Endeavour is the pride of our cruises in Canada and beyond.

More about the Ocean Endeavour

No Single Supplement! Solo Adventurers are welcome. Most cabin categories on the ship are available as a private cabin to single travelers at no additional cost.
Temperatures run around 8-15° Celsius (46-60° Fahrenheit) on average. That said, guests have been known to enjoy a day of shorts and t-shirts in the Canadian Arctic! Do note that temperatures can fall below zero (especially at night) and snowfall could happen at any time.

Please Note
This program features activities such as walking, wildlife viewing, and Zodiac cruising, all at a relatively easy to moderate level of exertion. The majority of shore landings are undertaken using Zodiacs. Zodiac embarkations involve descending gangway stairs with double handrails and stepping into the Zodiac from a small platform at water level (assistance is provided).

Payment Details

Deposit, Taxes and Discounts

  • A $1000.00 USD deposit is required to hold your reservation.
  • Balance of payment is due 120 days before trip commencement.
  • Travellers under 30 receive a 30% discount.
  • No single supplement charge on most of the cabin categories.

CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS

  • All requests for cancellations must be received in writing.
  • Cancellations received at least 120 days prior to departure are fully refunded less an administration fee of $500 US dollars per passenger.
  • If cancellation is made between 91 and 120 days, the cancellation charge is 65% of the cruise cost.
  • Please note that within the 90-day limit, all deposits and tariffs are forfeited.
  • Trip cancellation insurance is not included, but highly recommended.